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SEJANAM summer conference to explore Tribal Social Justice Issues


Lake Junaluska will host the 2012 Native American Tribal Social Justice Issues Conference June 29- July 1. Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Lakota/ Sioux Reservation in South Dakota will headline the event.


Twiss is the author of "One Church Many Tribes- Serving Jesus The Way God Made You" and will speak about the dispelling myths and stereotypes that plague the Native American Community. Twiss brings forward a vision for Native people to be embraced as co-equals in the life of the greater denominational church.  READ MORE 

Spring/Summer Experience Lake Junaluska newsletter
Recently we sent out the Spring / Summer edition of the Lake Junaluska Experience newsletter. Like previous issues, it contains wonderful stories of the transformational experiences that take place at Lake Junaluska.

As part of our mailing process, we contracted with a new person to help us combine multiple mailing lists into a master list. The process of eliminating duplicate names from the master list did not take place to our normal standards, so you may have received more than one copy of our newsletter.

We apologize if you are one of the individuals who received several copies. Please consider the unintentional outcome of our mistake. You now have an extra copy (or copies) of the newsletter to use in connecting with people who have not experienced Lake Junaluska. Also, if you have time to take a minute to send an email ( and let me know that you received more than one copy, I would enjoy hearing from you.

Warm Regards,
Stephanie Drum
Communications Coordinator
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Lake Junaluska Singers to perform at General Conference
Fall Lake Junaluska SingersThe Lake Junaluska Singers will perform Thursday, May 3, during the evening worship service of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. EST.

The Singers will perform as the evening services begin, during communion, and at the conclusion of the service. To watch the worship session online via live streaming, click here.  
Lake Junaluska Summer Worship announced
Susan Leonard-Ray

The 2012 worship series, "Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly With God," begins Sunday, June 17, and runs through Sunday, August 12.  


Other summer worship preachers include Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Rev. Dan Matthews, Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Richard Twiss, Rev. Dr. Dennis Dickerson, and Rev. Dr. Ed Robb.For more information and a detailed preaching schedule, visit

2012 Ministry Summit: Leadership - Shifting from Management to Mission
Gil RendleThe world is constantly changing but our need for God is not. Ministry in a changed and constantly changing mission field requires learning new ways of outreach rather than relying on standard practices. Being efficient at what we do as ministry leaders is not the same as learning to be effective at what the mission field needs.
Laity and clergy leaders are invited to explore some of the fundamentals of the change that the church is facing at the 2012 Ministry Summit, which will focus on the leadership of our congregations. Understanding the need for clear outcomes in any situation and the leadership role of conversation as a tool of discernment will equip attendees at any level of leadership to build upon and expand the mission outreach of their congregations.  READ MORE
SOULfeast registration open
Soulfeast 2012

SOULfeast, July 8-12, is The Upper Room's Spiritual Formation retreat for adults, youth, and children. Come explore the "I am..." sayings of Jesus, experience quiet spaces of prayer, and share the story of your spiritual journey in the peaceful setting of the Smoky Mountains at Lake Junaluska. This is a week of creative worship, enlightening plenaries, and a feast of classes and workshops. For more information and registration, go to or call 615.340.7250. Contact Lake Junaluska at 800.222.4930 for housing reservations.

Registration still available for summer youth retreats
SURGE 2012Ministries with Young People (MYP) at Lake Junaluska presents its annual youth summer retreats, SURGE into Missions, where youth will have opportunities to think, learn and experience what it means to do good.  Incorporating mission experiences with dynamic worship in the scenic mountains of Western North Carolina, youth will want to SURGE into Missions to make a difference in the lives of others. REGISTER TODAY!  

Christian Ashram provides time away
Evelyn LaycockFor 21 years, Dr. Evelyn Laycock  has been helping lead the Christian Ashram at Lake Junaluska. This year, Laycock
will once again lead Bible studies at the 2012 Christian
Ashram, "Faith As a Way of  Life," October 5-7.

"I first entered the ashram movement when I was a young person still trying to find my way to a profession," said Laycock. "I met with Dr. E. Stanley Jones at Lake Junaluska and spoke with him about how I could discern the will of God for me. Jones introduced me to the idea of ashram, which is Sanskrit for 'time away.'"   READ MORE 
Choir Music Weekend: Living in the Spirit

October 19-21 

The Spirit of God is the constant in the lives of believers and enables us to live life abundantly. Music is a vital "element" in the Spirit's "periodic table," and those who sing in the Spirit also live in the Spirit. Be a part of this special group of singers and ringers as we gather for a weekend of music and worship and "living in the Spirit!" Early registration ends March 1! READ MORE 

Lake Junaluska Upcoming Events
Full calendar of events can be found at 
May - July

May 13 - 16       Road Scholar: Inside the Great Smoky National Park
June 7 - August 10  Children's Day Camp
June 10 - 13      Holston Annual Conference
June 14 - 17      SURGE into Missions I Youth retreat
June 17 - August 12  Summer Worship Series
June 17 - 21      SURGE into Missions II Youth retreat
June 20 - 24      WNC Annual Conference
June 21 - 24      SURGE into Missions III Youth retreat
June 24 - 28      SURGE into Missions IV Youth retreat
June 24 - 29      Music and Worship Arts Week
June 28 - July 1  SURGE into Missions V Youth retreat
June 29 - July 1  Native American Summer Conference
July 3 and 4       Lake Junaluska Singers Concert:
                         "The Songs and Spirit of America"
July 4                Independence Celebrations - Concerts and Fireworks
July 5                Concert with Andrew Peterson
July 5-8             SURGE into Missions Youth Retreat VI
July 8-12           SURGE into Missions Youth Retreat VII
July 8-12           SOULfeast
July 12-15         SURGE into Missions Youth Retreat VIII
July 15-19         Youth and Young Adults in Missions
July 15-17         SEJ Episcopacy Committee Meeting
July 17-20         SEJ Committee on Finance & Administration
July 18-20         SEJ Jurisdictional Conference
July 19-22         SURGE into Missions Youth Retreat IX
July 22-25         Road Scholar Folkmoot USA: NC International Folk Festival
July 23-28         Leading the Middle Size Church
July 26-29         SC Immerse Youth
July 30 - August 2  Festival of Wisdom and Grace
August 2 - 5      Allers Academy
August 3           Lake Junaluska Singers Concert
August 3 - 5      Associates Weekend
August 5-8        Road Scholar: Cherokee Culture in the Great Smoky Mountains
August 5-7        Lake Junaluska Ministry Summit
August 5-8        Church Business Administrators
August 19-24    Road Scholar:Appalachian Culture, Stories and Songs 2012
August 23-25     African-American Women's Leadership Conference
August 26-31     Road Scholar: Why am I Scots-Irish?
September 9-12  Road Scholar: Inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 13-16  Road Scholar: Cherokee Culture in the Great Smoky Mountains

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